Naturalist Residencies

Naturalist Residencies

Living and working on Catalina Island is a once in a lifetime opportunity! Our Resident Naturalists bring the curriculum to life with their passion to inspire and a wealth of knowledge and experience in a variety of disciplines. The Naturalist Residency is a paid seasonal position lasting between 9 and 13 weeks with training and development provided and the option to specialize roles through lifeguarding, business and retail experience, bilingual teaching, archery range master, or research. Many of our Naturalists continue their professional journeys after Emerald Bay with educator positions, graduate and post-graduate studies, and innovative research all around the globe.

To Join Our Team: Apply Here

Students at Emerald Bay Sign


  • “Emerald Bay took learning and made it fun, which is hard to do”

    Ava, student
  • “I would say that it was a way to get closer to the people that you see everyday. Like for me I feel closer to my classmates than other classes because of this experience. My class and I were the first class in our school to go to this trip and it was filled with many fun activities. I think other people should visit because they will learn many new things and have fun rather than the everyday to day life. It’s nice to do something different. Like for me I sometimes get bored at home but knowing that I had something to do in a new place was nice compared to the same repetitive lifestyle. All of the staff were very helpful and happy to help and answer any questions that you have. The food was also great! Everything had a great flavor and everything was fresh and warm.”

    Emma, student
  • “Emerald Bay is so much fun, it teaches you to be a good contributor to the environment. It takes doing something serious into something fun! It makes your bunkmates feel like they are family, AND you might make new friends!”

    Liam, student